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How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?

For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web page hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)

Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!

Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder structure

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.

Negative Side Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain management interfaces

Do we have to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...

Problem No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)

How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to become familiar with... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...